2017-04-15: In the context of political instability and a persistent economic crisis, violent protests and unrest are taking place across Venezuela, during which several protesters have already been killed. The next mass protests have been scheduled for Wednesday (19 April). Due to a countrywide state of emergency, the powers of security forces, including the military, have been increased significantly. The supreme court and the government have sought to increase the competencies of president Maduro and attempted to deprive the parliament of its powers and rights. Opposition politicians have been arrested, violent protests and street blockades are taking place daily and countrywide, in particular in Caracas. Security forces are using rubber bullets, in some cases also live ammunition. Protesters are throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, largely targeted against security forces and government institutions and buildings. Due to the economic crisis, shortages in medical supplies and food are common. Disruptions in local infrastructure as well as the water supply are common. The German Federal Foreign office advises against all non-essential travel to Venezuela, with the exception of several tourist destinations.
Travellers should exhibit heightened caution, avoid protests, and follow instructions by local authorities.
AFP, Auswärtiges Amt, dpa, FCO, A3M
Travellers in Venezuela should consider the foreign travel advice issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Link).